Girls Make the Cut in Support of Beloved Teacher

December 06, 2011

In May, we told you about Kate Truax, a literature teacher for fifth through seventh graders at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School in Bethesda, who is undergoing treatments for cancer at Johns Hopkins. The students at the school held a 60 hour Eucharistic Adoration, and some of the boys in her class, as well as dozens of others shaved their heads to show their solidarity with their beloved teacher.

On Monday, December 5, 2011, it was the girls’ turn. 25 girls from Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School cut at least ten inches from their hair and donated it to Locks of Love in honor of Ms. Truax.

Ms. Truax was diagnosed with leukemia following breast cancer treatment she received during the 2009-2010 school year. A Baltimore native, she has been a patient at Johns Hopkins University Hospital where on October 25, 2011 she underwent a bone marrow transplant. Ms. Truax has stayed in contact with her students via Skype. In May, two male teachers and 75 male students from Little Group through 8th grade surprised Ms. Truax in a video chat by revealing that they had shaved off their hair in solidarity with her.

“The students absolutely love Ms. Truax,” said Patricia McGann, principal of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School. “She has always gone above and beyond for her students and as a school community we wanted to show her our support. It has been an amazing experience to watch our school come together and the children are truly living out the values taught in the classroom each day.”

Locks of Love ( is a non-profit organization which provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under the age of 18 with medical hair loss due to disease, burns, and cancer.

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Love for Teacher with Cancer is Made in a Shave

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